Dalit vs Dalit as Oppn chooses Meira Kumar

Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar
Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar

The opposition yesterday chose former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, a Dalit, as its candidate for president against NDA's Ram Nath Kovind.

Kumar, a former diplomat and daughter of the late Dalit icon Jagjivan Ram, was the unanimous choice of the 17 opposition parties that attended the meeting. With Kovind also being a Dalit, this makes it a Dalit vs Dalit presidential contest.

"We have decided to field the name of Meira Kumar for the presidential election... We do hope that other parties also join us," Congress president Sonia Gandhi said.

NCP leader Sharad Pawar proposed three names —Kumar, former union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Rajya Sabha MP Bhalchandra Mungekar, both Dalits from Maharashtra.

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